Mrs Shirley Procter
President of the WMRAC
Married to Peter Procter.
Peter started racing in 1955 with an Aston Martin, followed by F3 and Formula Junior. He drove for Rootes in long distance races at Le Mans and Sebring, and drove in over 30 International rallies for Rootes and Ford. In the 60’s, he drove for Ken Tyrrell and Lotus in F2, and Alan Mann racing in touring cars.
“To be President of this great club of ours, affectionately known as ‘The Doghouse Owners Club’ is a great privilege and honour.
Before the club was formed there was nowhere at circuits where drivers and their partners could meet up after races, and there was no organised support when drivers were injured-or worse- killed, as happened far too often in those days, and so the club was born. Most drivers did not earn “Big Bucks”, so one of the objectives of the club was to offer help where needed.
At first a small caravan was taken to circuits such as Goodwood. At Silverstone we had a permanent clubhouse where our club entertained drivers from all over the world. Biannual cabaret and other events raised money which could be used to help drivers or their dependents who needed support. I experienced this support when my husband, Peter, was injured in 1966.
Fortunately we did not need financial support but we enjoyed a constant stream of members over the seven months Peter was in hospital and that support was much appreciated.
Happily things are now very much safer in motor racing. Also most drivers don’t need that support, but the club continues to raise large amounts of money for their chosen charities and the present committee is doing a wonderful job in continuing the objectives of the club, and so the club continues to be in very safe hands.”
President, Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club